Governor's Summit on Rural Prosperity convenes in Blacksburg

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Improving economic opportunity in rural Virginia is the focus of a statewide conference this week in Blacksburg.

Monday, Governor Ralph Northam addressed the group that's meeting through Tuesday at Virginia Tech.

He said the state must continue improvements in transportation, health care, broadband and workforce development, while helping each region of the state play to its own strengths.

"The challenges that we have on the Eastern Shore are certainly not the same in the southwest," Northam told reporters, "so to look at what our resources are in each area of Virginia and then really try to do what we can to take advantage of those."

Northam said the state is also working hard to develop mega-sites across Virginia that will be ready when companies come calling.

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